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Vista UI wackiness

2007-09-29 17:19:53.481675+00 by Dan Lyke 6 comments

Argh. I understand why Vista wants to randomly choose some funky-ass mode to "shut down" into when you click on the "power off" icon, but... I'm the exception, and I want it actually shutting down as the default. So the fact that it tries to be smarter for me just costs me 2 or 3 minutes (at a minimum) every time I hit it. Grrrr...

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comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: made: 2007-09-29 19:44:31.003123+00 by: TheSHAD0W

Alt-F4 a few times, down-arrow, enter.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-09-30 19:20:31.613756+00 by: dexev [edit history]

On a related note, whatever happened to the reset button? I have a newer Dell desktop at work, and it only has the annoying 'soft power down' button. Which gets really old e.g. when trying to figure out why your new kernel can't find your disks. I've taken to just pulling the plug. (when did they get rid of the switch on the power supply, too?)

#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-01 02:18:27.261077+00 by: TheSHAD0W

Holding down the "soft power down" button for a few seconds will perform a hard shut-down. I think they were having so many problems with some bits of hardware not resetting their states with a plain reset that they decided it wasn't worth having any more.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-30 23:54:13.641064+00 by: Shawn

I don't recall the procedure, and I'm running out the door in a few seconds, but there is a mechanism for configuring what those buttons do. Mine is currently set to actually shut down the computer.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-31 03:55:47.311485+00 by: topspin [edit history]

Dan, you may have already fixed this.....

Control Panel.
Power Options.
Find your power management plan.
Power Buttons and Lid.
Start Menu Power Button.
Change it to "Shut Down"

#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-31 04:03:01.46754+00 by: Dan Lyke

Thanks. I'll get that next time I boot Vista.

Vista screws up the AVR development environment I've been playing with yesterday evening and this evening, so I just did it in Linux and am trying to get stuff installed on an old XP machine so I can give this project to other people.